SEARCH Water For Life

The SEARCH Center for the Homeless is accepting donations of bottled water, sunscreen and insect repellent for the thousands of homeless people on Houston's streets. Houston Public Radio's Jim Bell reports.

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SEARCH Outreach Director Nia Limar says there are about 14 thousand people living on Houston streets -- men, women and children. On any given night, more than 6200 of them have no place to go.

"The 6200 constitute those who get turned away once all the spaces are taken at these different missions and agencies that have a limited amount of room."

Limar says Houston summers are hard for everybody, but they're worse for the homeless because they can't escape the heat and humidity. To help those turned away from the shelters, SEARCH will accept donations of bottled water, insect repellent and sunscreen all day Friday at their 2505 Fannin offices, and at Minute Maid Park before the Astros games on Saturday and Sunday. Limar says it's also important to remember that the homeless need help year round.

"The big city-wide push is this weekend, but we do have a continued need throughout the summer and we encourage individuals to stop by at any point in time. We are open here at 2505 Fannin, Monday through Friday from 9am through 5pm, and we welcome anyone to drop off donations."

There's more information about the SEARCH Water For Life Drive on our website KUHF dot org. Jim Bell, Houston Public Radio News.